Congratulations on taking the first step to losing weight! It may be a simple task for some people, but most people struggle with reaching their weight loss goals. Below are a few tips that will give you the edge over everyone else and get you ready to lose that extra weight!
Sign up for a race or charity walk. Having a specific goal and deadline will give your workouts purpose beyond just losing weight. The structure of a workout plan will also keep your workouts varied from day to day and will prevent boredom. Plus, after feeling the rush of crossing the finish line, you may just be inspired to become a regular racer.
Whether your goals are just to lose weight or to bulk up, you need to include strength training in your workouts. Just doing cardio workouts like running, walking, or swimming aren't enough. Strength training helps you build up more muscle and burn more calories at a resting rate as well as burning more calories during the workout.Almost everyone loves french fries. You may be surprised by how many of your favorite unhealthy meals and snacks have delicious, healthy alternatives. If you want to make healthier fries that are less likely to ruin your diet, consider baking them. Cut your potatoes about a 1/2" thick, put them into a bowl with a tbsp. of oil, then lightly add a pinch of rosemary (optional), salt, and pepper; bake one layer for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Gently loosen and turn the fries with a spatula, then bake for a final 10 minutes. These delicious fries are lower in fat and calories and taste as good as deep fried potatoes. This recipe comes from the Laurel's Kitchen Cookbook.
To help you lose weight, consider grabbing a drink of water instead of snacking on chips or popcorn. Water helps you feel full without providing any extra calories. Try to consume at least 6-8 servings of water a day. You can even give the water a little extra "pop," with a splash of lemon or lime.
Drinking a reasonable amount of caffeine can help with weight loss. Caffeine boosts your heart rate and can improve alertness and increase metabolism slightly. It can give you an edge when taken before exercising and weight training. It is good to drink it in moderation though, since too much can cause sleeping problems and anxiety.
Once you have decided to lose weight, take an index card and write down all the reasons you want or need to lose the weight. Carry this card in your purse or pocket. Remembering the reasons for changing to a healthier lifestyle will enable you to make good choices.
Trying to lose weight? Blog about it. Everyone seems to have a blog about something these days. Make your site a place to corral all your weight loss tips and share your successes. It will help to keep you on track and you can feel good about helping other people out on their weight loss journeys.
In order to lose weight and keep the weight off, you will have to change your eating habits for good. The reason for this is that most people do not have good eating habits, and you may be one of them. Once the weight is lost, if you go back to your old style of eating, you will gain the weight back like you did to begin with.
A great weight loss tip to follow is to clearly separate hunger and thirst. Sometimes, you may think you are hungry when you are really just thirsty. Therefore, if you feel hungry, drink a glass of water instead and wait a few minutes or so to see if that was the problem.
Now that you've read these tips, it's time to get to work. You should now have an idea of where to start and be one step ahead of everyone else. But if you don't get started, you'll never finish, so it's time to get off the computer and get working!